These interactive tutorial videos will introduce you to the basic skills and knowledge you need to get your research started. (Note: Tutorials have video and audio components)
Basic Background Info
Search through these reference sources for brief overviews of an author's life or times. Many also have concise definitions of rhetorical and philosophical terms you may find helpful.
In-Depth Background Info
These sources typically provide a little more depth for topics you might want to explore. For example, you might check them for chapters or longer articles on time periods.
Some are more likely to contain articles that use and apply theories in the ways you are interested in also doing. Many of these articles may also have brief backgrounds of the authors or theories in their introductions that you can use to gather contextual information.
The following sections of the library may have relevant resources. Look for these numbers on the labels at the end of the shelves. You can find books in the Main Collection and journals (also known as serials or periodicals) on the Garden level.
You can also search the catalog and use the "Subjects" in each record as a jumping off point to find more resources.